A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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Interview with Restaurateur and Winemaker Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich is the proprietor of numerous restaurants across the country. Along with his portfolio of elite eateries, he is also well-heeled in the crafting of fine wines, and his winemaking properties include three wineries in Italy and one in Argentina. Born and raised in Queens, his family traces its roots to northeastern Italy, in […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza 2005

Rioja is one of the more recognizable regions for Spanish wine production. Similar to France and Italy, Spain has been growing vines for nearly 2,500 years; however, contrary to the aforementioned countries, Spain is rarely credited for the extreme quality of its wines. There are some Spanish wines that fetch upwards to $100, but for […]

Food and Wine's Common Ground: Acidity

With the endless possibilities of food preparations, selecting a compatible wine may seem like an easy task. There are times, however, that certain components in either the food or the wine can hinder the perfect pairing. By understanding the acidic properties of wine a bit more, we can overcome the challenges of pairing food and […]